Knee arthrodesis with the Sheffield external ring fixator: Fusion in 6 of 10 consecutive patients

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    Background: Knee arthrodesis with external fixation (XF) is a possible salvage procedure for infected total knee arthroplasties (TKA). We report the outcome in 10 patients who underwent arthrodesis with the Sheffield Ring Fixator. Patients and methods: The patients had primary arthrosis in 8 cases; 2 cases were due to rheumatoid arthritis and sclerodermia. The mean time between the primary TKA and arthrodesis was 6 (0.5-14) years. The average age at arthrodesis was 69 years. The average follow-up period was 10 months. Results: Stable fusion was obtained in 6 patients after a mean XF time of 3.6 (2-4) months. 1 patient was referred to another hospital because of nonunion. This patient showed fusion with intramedullary nailing after 7 months. 3 nonunion patients required permanent bracing. 7 patients had pin tract infections. Infections healed in all patients. Interpretation: The Sheffield Ring Fixator gives an acceptable fusion rate for arthrodesis in the infected TKA, with limited complications. Copyright

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Sider (fra-til)371-376
    Antal sider6
    TidsskriftActa orthopaedica
    Vol/bind78
    Udgave nummer3
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jun. 2007

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